Queer Clout

Urban America and the Rise of LGBT
Associate Professor of History
Rutgers University-Newark

4:15 PM – GRIFFIN 7

Sponsored by the Department of History Class of 1960s Scholars


In this lecture, Timothy Stewart-Winter will examine why the path to LGBT political empowerment in modern America ran through city hall. By the late 1980s, politicians and elected officials, who had originally sought political advantage from raiding gay bars and carting their patrons off to jail, were pursuing gays and lesbians aggressively as a voting bloc—not least by campaigning in those same bars. The lecture will examine the complex roles of race, religion, gender, and neoliberalism in the rise of LGBT politics.

Timothy Stewart-Winter is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark and the author of Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (Penn Press, 2016), which was co-recipient of the 2017 John Boswell Prize for the outstanding book on LGBT history published in English in the preceding two years. His writing has appeared in the Journal of American History, Gender & History, the New York Times, and Dissent, among other publications.